WTP's Marla Diaz Wins Summary Judgment on BMA -- Renoir Case

Date: January 10, 2014

“A federal court judge made a ruling Friday that will award title to an 1879 painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir to the Baltimore Museum of Art — though it may be some time before the tiny water view of the River Seine makes it back home to Baltimore. Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court of Eastern Virginia granted the Baltimore Museum of Art's motion for a summary judgment and rejected a Virginia woman's claim that "Paysage Bords de Seine," which is valued at somewhere between $22,000 and $100,000, should belong to her.

“Brinkema found, instead, that the evidence presented by attorney Marla Diaz that the painting was stolen from the museum in 1951 was so clear-cut that a trial scheduled for Wednesday is unnecessary. …”